Westobou Gallery presents Symbols and Allegories featuring works by Augusta-native Jay Jacobs.
Please join us on First Friday for a reception to celebrate Jay Jacobs and his work, August 4th from 5-8 p.m.
Westobou selects Jay Jacobs for his excellent work, dedication to his craft, and commitment to our creative community. In collaboration with Augusta University’s Pamplin College, Westobou seeks to support the work of local artists as a means of promoting Augusta’s growing cultural community.
About the Artist:
Jay Jacobs (b. 1973) has enjoyed a lifelong relationship with images. His journey as an artist began early with childhood visits to a family cabin where his mother taught him to use the knots of the cabin’s pinewood walls to create faces. Those faces became characters in stories providing a five-year old boy, whose teacher reported him for not coloring between the lines, with a means of distracting himself from the darkness and silence of a Low Country cabin.
The circular shapes and faces, derived from the pinewood knots, continue to present themselves in his work. As a painter, Jay focuses on mark-making to create stories that are rich with symbols and allegories. His process begins with his sketchbook, which often contains factoids and statements made by others as well as his own drawings. Creating works that are deliberately ambiguous, his narratives allow viewers to construct their own meanings.
Jay Jacobs plays an active role in Augusta, Georgia’s creative community where he lives and works. He is a regular participant in the Westobou Festival and other activities generated within the city. His place in the community has evolved organically and with the support of a close network of other artists and patrons. Recently, his works have been exhibited in Westobou’s inaugural SEEDS exhibition (2016), SEEDS II (2017) and in a solo exhibition, Jay Jacobs, March 27 – May 12, 2017 at the Butcher Gallery in Savannah, GA.